Sunday, September 2, 2007

Maimonides,a horse and the King of Spain

The school and the colt are named for Moses Maimonides,
who lived more than 800 years ago and is considered among the greatest Jewish philosophers. He was the chief rabbi of Cairo and the physician to the sultan of Egypt.
“He blended religious study and intellect with worldly manners to heal the sick and guide the healthy,” Rubin said.
Maimonides was respected and honored by both Jews and Arabs. This is especially relevant now in our life and times.
“He was a very special man who was highly regarded by all people, regardless of faith.

In 1997, Earle.I.Mack, then the chairman of the board for the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, was instrumental in bringing King Juan Carlos I of Spain to New York to accept the school’s Democracy Award.
Mack had been moved by the king’s remarks about how much Spain’s culture had lost when the country expelled its Jews in 1492 as part of the Inquisition.

The king mentioned Maimonides, who was born in Córdoba, Spain, in 1135, and who, with his family, was forced out of the country while Spain was ruled by Muslims.

“I was just waiting for a horse good enough to deserve the name"
He has owned and bred horses for more than 40 years, and knew that Zayat’s colt, a son of Vindication, was bred to be special.
Maimonides is owned and was named by Ahmed Zayat, an Egyptian now living in New Jersey
Maimonides was born to a distinguished family in Cordova, Spain in 1138.[1] At that point, Cordova was under Muslim rule and stood as one of the great intellectual centers of the world. In addition to Maimonides, it was the birthplace of Averroes.

Ibn Rushd (Arabic: ابن رشد), known as Averroes (1126December 10, 1198), was an Andalusian-Arab philosopher, physician, and polymath: a master of philosophy, Islamic law, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, physics, and science. He was born in Cordoba, Spain, and died in Marrakech, Morocco. His school of philosophy is known as Averroism.
His name is also seen as Averroès, Averroës or Averrhoës, indicating that the o and the e form separate syllables. In Arabic (the language in which he wrote), his name is Abu al-Walid Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rushd أبو الوليد محمد بن احمد بن رشد or just Ibn Rushd. In modern Tamazight (the language of the Almohad Khalifs)

it would be Muḥemmed mmis n Ḥmed mmis n Muḥemmed mmis n Ḥmed mmis n Rucd.

But events took a turn for the worse when the Almohads invaded in 1148 and offered all non-Muslims the choice of conversion, exile, or death. Maimonides' family was forced to leave Cordova and travel through southern Spain and arrived in Fez, Morocco in 1160.
His first philosophic work of note was the Treatise on the Art of Logic
.In Chapter 3,Maimonides mentions not only the possible,the impossible and the necessary but also the obligatory,the base and the noble and the like among the modes of the proposition. Around this time, he began work on his first religious masterpiece, the Commentary on the Mishnah, which was finished in 1168. It is noteworthy for the emphasis Maimonides places on Oral Torah, by which he means the details, specifications, and interpretations derived from the Written Torah, which was revealed to Moses at Sinai.

"Eloigne de moi l'idée que je peux tout. Donne-moi la force, la volonté et l'occasion d'élargir de plus en plus mes connaissances."
"Mon D.ieu, remplis mon âme d'amour pour l'art (médical) et pour toutes les créatures. N'admets pas que la soif du gain et la recherche de la gloire m'influencent dans l'exercice de mon art, car les ennemis de la vérité et de l'amour des hommes pourraient facilement m'abuser et m'éloigner du noble devoir de faire du bien à Tes enfants. Soutiens la force de mon cœur pour qu'il soit toujours prêt à servir le pauvre et le riche, l'ami et l'ennemi, le bon et le mauvais.

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